29 May 2012 10:14 AM | By James Francis
Famous Art Vandalism

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Michelangelo's famous statue of Mary cradling the body of Jesus is the star attraction at St. Peter's Basilica in the Vatican City. But it also proved to be the roadblock to another man's rise to godhood. Laszlo Toth, an Australian geologist, jumped the barrier separating the statue from its fans and started smashing it with a hammer, shouting that he is the new son of God. Onlookers were said to grab the pieces of marble and run away with their little treasures. Toth was eventually restrained and sent to a mental institution.

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